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Quality prod on bridge repair

Adityapur Toll Bridge Company Limited (ATBCL) has urged the public works department (road construction) to ensure quality repair work on the approach road to the bridge.

The PWD (road construction), Adityapur division, floated a tender to repair a 1km-stretch on the approach road on July 18. The department also sanctioned Rs 1.65 crore for the job.

In a letter sent on Tuesday, ATBCL requested the department to ensure that the surface repair was flawless.

ATBCL managing director (MD) Sudhanshu Kumar said that they were happy that the state government had taken an initiative to renovate the approach road — a routine job undertaken every four years.

“We have written to the PWD (road construction) for providing us information about the parameters laid down to ensure quality of the work. We will monitor the repair which is likely to begin sometime after the monsoon,” he added.

Kumar said the PWD had the necessary infrastructure to build and maintain roads and bridges. “Yet, ABTCL will try to ensure that the surface renewal work is done in a proper manner so that the bridge can serve commuters without any hurdle for the next four years,” he told The Telegraph.

Even though the PWD (road construction) is keen on starting the repair work as soon as possible, there has been no response to the e-tender floated by the department.

“The last date for submission of proposals was August 8. But no one has responded. We are referring the matter to the higher authorities for consideration,” said executive engineer, PWD (road construction), Sanjay Kumar Singh.

Sources said a controversy over the proposed repair work might have discouraged contractors from taking up the repair work.

A councillor had submitted a complaint against the surface renewal work, saying that the approach road was in proper shape and needed no repair, prompting the administration to order a probe into the matter.

Subdivisional officer, Seraikela, Chandra Bhushan Singh said on Tuesday that the probe into alleged irregularities in issuing the tender was complete.

“The two-member panel has submitted its report. But, I am yet to go through it. I will make necessary recommendations to the government after going through the report,” said the SDO.


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